By completing the online training Compass you will acquire the necessary skills to get started for your assignment or paper.
The basic training consists of four modules, each taking about 30 minutes of your time. You can either take the entire course or work through each of these modules separately:
If you use other sources, it is extra important to check the scholarly level yourself. Of course, your source needs to be meaningful and relevant, above all.
Your search strategy defines what you search, where you search and how you perform your search. In the course of your search process you take many decisions that affect the quality of search results and the time needed to get those results.
The main decisions in your search strategy relate to:
The LibGuide search strategy goes into more details on how to set up succesful search strategies.
The way you search is a combination of a search method, the accompanying search techniques and the structure of your search.
Execution of your search:
Searching for literature is not a goal in itself. You will probably use it when writing an essay. The Writers Manual for modern languages is a good guide on academic writing. The Chicago Manual of Style is another useful source.
In addition, the Skills Lab of Utrecht University offers to help student enhance their writing skills (in English and in Dutch).